A fracture of a metatarsal bone may present as pain and swelling in the middle of the foot. A fracture or break in a bone occurs when more force is applied to a bone than it can withstand or the bone is weakened as a result of a disease of the bone. A fracture can occur at any location on the metatarsal. It can be partial or complete in nature and it can be displaced or non displaced.
Stress fractures are a common in the metatarsal bones. Stress fractures are caused by repetitive stress being placed on a bone. This is common in athletes who increase training too rapidly. It can also occur in individuals who exercise in improper shoe gear, have existing foot deformities, or have weakened bones due to conditions such as osteoporosis.
Treatment of a metatarsal fracture is dependent upon the severity of the injury. X-rays and other imaging studies may be necessary to determine the extent of the injury.
In severe metatarsal fractures surgery may be required to put the bones back in proper alignment followed by immobilization to allow them to heal. For simple stable metatarsal fractures immobilization alone may all that is needed.
Footsupplystore.com carries a variety of products to aid in the treatment and recovery of a metatarsal fracture. A removable Cam Walker is often used to provide protection and restrict motion of the foot allowing the metatarsal bone to heal properly. Footsupplystore.com has a wide selection of foot orthotics and innersoles to provide additional support to the metatarsal bones until full recovery has been achieved.